Update on “The Envy of the World”

That’s how the Labour Party for years described the British National Health Service.

Eleven NHS trusts were put into “special measures” after an investigation found thousands of patients died needlessly because of poor care…

Inspectors visited 21 hospitals, run by 14 NHS trusts, which had the highest recent mortality rates in England. They found that some of the risks to patients were so severe that they were forced to step in immediately.

During the visits, decisions were taken urgently to close operating theatres, suspend unsafe “out of hours” services for critically ill patients, order changes to staffing levels and to force hospitals to tackle major backlogs of scans and X-rays that had gone unexamined…

Figures showed up to 13,000 excess deaths since 2005 at the 14 trusts investigated, advisers to the review said. (More from The Telegraph)

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  1. Dewaine says:

    “Figures showed up to 13,000 excess deaths since 2005 at the 14 trusts investigated, advisers to the review said.”

    That’s coming here.

    • Dewaine says:

      “The Government blamed Labour for the failings, which it said patients had endured for years, despite Labour more than doubling spending on the NHS.”

      More than doubling spending and the outcomes are this bad.

  2. JD says:

    It’s amazing the level of dysfunction going on that “they found that some of the risks to patients were so severe that they were forced to step in immediately.” I wonder what these patients would have to say about our looming health care overhaul.

  3. Greg says:

    “13,000 excess deaths since 2005″ That is inordinate amount of deaths for normal hospital care. ACA removes competition in the medical market, we are in for a world of hurt.

    • Jeffrey says:

      I don’t know if it removes competition, it just makes the competition a bit more difficult and medical practitioners have to do more.

      • Greg says:

        The difference? If people are disincentives to compete there will be less competition. Also because of ACA people have to jump through an abnormal amount of hoops just to get healthcare.

  4. Bob Hertz says:

    The ACA is a series of regulations on insurance companies and some tax credits.

    The ACA does not create public hospitals in any way, nor is the ACA anything close to socialism. It is a great increase in regulation, but that is not socialism.

    I do not know what does cause this indifference to suffering in English public hospitals.
    Or what caused the neglect of the elderly during the huge heat wave in France in about 2005.

    Doctors over there appear to be lazy civil servants.

    • Dr. Mike says:

      “Lazy civil servants” Is there any other kind? Seriously, if you take away reward for personal effort, then lazy is always the result. ALWAYS. Medicine is headed that way slowly – just follow the cookbook and you’ll be able to stay employed.